Liverpool so - and Manchester also. There are several pedestrianised streets in the city centre.
Also, at the Trafford Centre (one of Europe's largest shopping precincts) on Manchester's outer ring road motorway, there is parking for around 10,000 cars and it's 100% free.
Makes London look so sad in so many ways.
London does have pedestrianised streets (never been to Covent Garden?).
I love Brighton's Lanes area, lovely narrow cobbled little streets - you couldn't fit a car down half of them if you wanted to.
I didn't say London hasn't got pedestrianised streets, I merely said that it looks so sad (in what it has to offer) compared to Liverpool and Manchester.
Yes I know, and have been to, Covent Garden. I lived in London for many years (not anymore - thank goodness).
[ Edit: Edited on 18-Jun-2009, at 04:44 by Redpaddy ]
I think this should probably be kept to those cities which do have pedestrianised areas, rather than personal rants about any particular city.
I know up in Sydney there's some talk about making big parts of George Street traffic-free, and making the area by the Town Hall and Cathedral into a big square. It would be good if this happened in my view, though politics could easily stop it.
In the UK almost every single town and city has a pedestrianised centre. For example Liverpool has a huge city centre now (it has been totally rebuilt) and it is all fully pedestrianised.
Coventry was the first city centre in Britain to have a pedestrianised centre and the second in Europe after Rotterdam. Both cities suffered a similar wartime fate, Coventry 6 months after Rotterdam, which destroyed most of the historic buildings. Having stayed in Rotterdam, the Lijnbaan was the most desperately soul-less depressing city centre I have ever been in, maybe because it is bigger in scale than Coventry. Prior to the rebuilding of Coventry during 1947-48, local traders feared that total pedestrianisation would kill off the city centre and that is precisely what has happened, as those with higher disposable incomes get in their cars and drive elsewhere.
[ Edit: Edited on 19-Jun-2009, at 12:17 by Buzzcock ]